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Minamata: A town, a disease, a convention, a new dawn beckons

Minamata Convention

One spring day just over 60 years ago in southern Japan, a young girl was brought to hospital by her anxious parents. She could barely walk, was slurring her words and was hit by convulsions and seizures. Days later, her sister was also admitted with the same symptoms, and that was followed by a neighbour, and then dozens more people. ...

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Mercury: CSOs demand end to Africa’s use of dental amalgam

Over 30 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), including the Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev) Nigeria, have signed a declaration calling for Africa to be the first continent on the planet to end the use of mercury in dental care. Amalgam fillings are 50% mercury, a major neurotoxin. According to the activists, its continuous use is not justified because ...

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‘Poorly ventilated dental clinics pose mercury health risk’

Dental clinics and medical schools still making use of amalgam, as well as incinerators/medical waste treatment facilities, have been identified as extremely high risk environments for mercury vapour emissions, posing health risk to workers, patients and the general population. According to a study conducted by SRADev Nigeria, this is due to the fact that a considerable number of dental clinics ...

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Towards a treaty to curb mercury exposure

The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) is seeking the support of the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the adoption of an international agreement on mercury. In a recent correspondence to Environment Minister, Hadiza Mailafia, the ZMWG wants the government to be actively involved when governments meet in Geneva, Switzerland, this month for the fifth and final negotiation on the issue. ...

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